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South Derbyshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 27, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“In May 2021 the Climate and Environment Action Plan was updated to reflect the Council’s pathway to carbon neutral for the councils activities aim by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“In May 2021 the Climate and Environment Action Plan was updated to reflect the Council’s pathway to carbon neutral for the councils activities aim by 2030 and district aims of carbon neutrality before 2050.”

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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South Derbyshire District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionSouth Derbyshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score70%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
20/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
9/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

545.6 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

5.0 tCO2

per person

1.6 ktCO2

per km2

45%

Transport

27%

Domestic

18%

Industry

5%

Commercial

4%

Agriculture

2%

Public Sector

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Lichfield District Council84%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council82%No2030July 28, 2021
Cambridgeshire County Council81%Yes2050May 14, 2019
South Staffordshire Council81%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council81%NoNo targetNo
Huntingdonshire District Council81%No2040No
Warwickshire County Council80%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council80%NoNo targetNo
Braintree District Council79%No2030July 22, 2019
South Kesteven District Council79%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Breckland District Council92%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Teignbridge District Council91%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council90%Yes2030July 25, 2019
South Norfolk District Council89%NoNo targetNo
East Cambridgeshire District Council89%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Babergh District Council84%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Lichfield District Council84%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council84%NoNo targetNo
Vale of White Horse District Council82%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
South Somerset District Council82%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Derby City Council98%No2050May 23, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council97%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Erewash Borough Council96%No2050No
Tamworth Borough Council96%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council96%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Derbyshire County Council95%Yes2032No
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council95%No2030July 16, 2019
Lichfield District Council95%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
North Warwickshire Borough Council95%No2030Oct. 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Warwickshire County Council99%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Lothian Council98%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Scottish Borders Council97%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
High Peak Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council96%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Fylde Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Mid Suffolk District Council95%Yes2030July 25, 2019
New Forest District Council95%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
North Yorkshire County Council95%Yes2030No
Staffordshire County Council94%Yes2050July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North West Leicestershire District Council97%Yes2030June 25, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council97%Yes2030No
Teignbridge District Council97%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council96%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council96%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
South Staffordshire Council95%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Northumberland Council94%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council93%No2030March 5, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority93%Yes2050No
Broadland District Council93%No2050No

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

South Derbyshire District Council is a Non-Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Waste collection

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    southderbyshire.gov.uk
    South Derbyshire District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Derbyshire District Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about South Derbyshire District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: South Derbyshire District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/south-derbyshire-district-council/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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